Qatar University (QU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) for co-operation in the areas of education, training, programme development and research. The MoU was signed by QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham and CNA-Q acting president Dr Salem al-Naemi. The event was attended by officials and guests from both institutions.
The MoU emphasises the co-operation and methods of collaboration between the two entities, especially in academic and training programmes and activities, conducting joint research and enhancing technical, research, training, cultural and developmental co-operation in the various specialisations provided by both institutions, QU has said in a statement.
This includes curricula development, exchange of academic information and carrying out joint research activities and publications, exchange of academic information and materials, and the design and implementation of continuing education programmes based on the respective needs of both parties.
The collaboration and MoU will also provide a framework for exchange of experiences in professional development programmes, seminars, conferences and academic meetings and other academic exchanges and activities that both parties may agree upon, such as research and studies, access to simulation and research laboratories and other possible fields of mutual interest for both parties, the statement notes.
In his speech during the event, Dr al-Derham stressed the constructive co-operation between Qatar University and College of the North Atlantic-Qatar. “QU has always served the College with its expertise in the field of education and management,” he said.
He also praised the continuous efforts of the College in the fields of research, teaching and training with Qatar University as well as the contribution of the College towards Qatar’s development.
The MoU will be for six years, “which will diversify the programmes and partnership between the two institutions”, he added.
Dr al-Naemi added, “We consider Qatar University to be a long-term partner. We have a history of collaboration across different disciplines. It is a commitment from both entities, to offer the best possible education to our students, develop their skills and prepare them for the professional workplace.
“We want them to become active members in the community and take part in the country’s economic growth. The MoU we have signed is an important milestone in the journey that our College is undertaking. We are gradually offering applied bachelor’s degree programmes and will soon become the first applied university in Qatar.”
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